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Educating Rita (1983)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 28 October 1983 (USA)
A young wife decides to complete her education and take her exams. She meets a professor who teaches her to value her own insights while still being able to beat the exams. The change in ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Rita
Michael Williams ...
Brian
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Trish
Jeananne Crowley ...
Julia
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Denny
Godfrey Quigley ...
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Elaine
Patrick Daly ...
Bursar (as Pat Daly)
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Tiger (as Philip Hurdwood)
Hilary Reynolds ...
Lesley
Jack Walsh ...
Price
Christopher Casson ...
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Rosamund Burton ...
Denise
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A young wife decides to complete her education and take her exams. She meets a professor who teaches her to value her own insights while still being able to beat the exams. The change in her status causes friction between her and her husband. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Frank Bryant is a professor of literature. And Rita is his newest student. A hairdresser who thinks Macbeth runs the local pub. And Hamlet is a plate of eggs with cheese. He's a failed writer who has given up on his life. She's determined to change hers by getting an education. And the more she loves to learn. The more he learns how to love. See more »

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Educando a Rita  »

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When the original theatrical production premiered at London's Donmar Warehouse in 1980, Julie Walters played opposite Mark Kingston with direction by Mike Ockrent. The play went on to become one of the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company)'s biggest successes. See more »

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When Rita oils Frank's door, the position of her bag on her back changes between shots. See more »

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[Frank walks on campus and addresses some students]
Dr. Frank Bryant: Good afternoon.
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Referenced in Have I Got News for You: Episode #39.3 (2010) See more »

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singing a better song
2 February 2004 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

What a novel concept - a college movie that isn't about frat parties! Since "Educating Rita" is one of the only movies which explores the true value of schooling, it remains close to this nerd's heart. In fact, in a rather weird conjunction with "Rocky," it inspired me to leave my lousy office job and get a graduate degree - to better meself, as Rita might say.

What are the criticisms here - too long, too stagey, silly synth music? This is not my idea of a slow movie. I like the characters enough to stick with them, even if they aren't...well...moving around much! Surely their personal conflicts are interesting enough to keep me watching, even in the absence of car chases and explosions.

Walters and Caine are likable, the message is empowering (but realistic - Rita really suffers when she tries to change her life), and, just for a change, alcoholism is treated as a serious problem. Is it too sentimental? Well, I always cry. Or at least sniffle. I think that means the movie is moving, rather than sentimental.

Enough defensiveness - this movie is lovely! Where's the American DVD release, then?


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